Hurt Hurt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hurt}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hurting}.] [OE. hurten, hirten, horten, herten; prob. fr. OF. hurter, heurter, to knock, thrust, strike, F. heurter; cf. W. hyrddu to push, drive, assault, hwrdd a stroke, blow, push; also, a ram, the orig. sense of the verb thus perhaps being, to butt as a ram; cf. D. horten to push, strike, MHG. hurten, both prob. fr. Old French.] 1. To cause physical pain to; to do bodily harm to; to wound or bruise painfully. [1913 Webster]

The hurt lion groans within his den. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To impar the value, usefulness, beauty, or pleasure of; to damage; to injure; to harm. [1913 Webster]

Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To wound the feelings of; to cause mental pain to; to offend in honor or self-respect; to annoy; to grieve. ``I am angry and hurt.'' --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hurting — hurt·ing …   English syllables

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